LACBA Reaches Satisfactory
Settlement with Former Landlord
As discussed in a recent message to all members, LACBA has long been working to control costs and to renegotiate its burdensome long-term commercial lease at 1055 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles. We had reported that, if those negotiations were unsuccessful, LACBA was considering a strategic restructuring of its debt to resolve that lease obligation. We are now pleased to report that LACBA has reached a satisfactory settlement with its former landlord and so will not have to pursue any restructuring. LACBA's Board of Trustees approved the settlement agreement at a special meeting on February 18.   

This favorable development, combined with LACBA's recent move to new offices at 200 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, heralds a bright new day for LACBA. With efficiencies achieved, expenses in check, and the lease issue resolved, LACBA's leadership and staff can devote their time and the Association's resources to better serving our members, our 27 practice sections, our many committees, and the broader legal community. With these challenges now behind us, LACBA will emerge from the pandemic strong and healthy as the voice of the lawyers of Los Angeles County.

LACBA’s Headquarters Moves Closer to
Los Angeles Superior Court
The new location will be closer to the Los Angeles Superior Court and reduce LACBA’s office footprint. For years, LACBA has been working diligently to control costs, and this move saves LACBA roughly 80% on the monthly lease.

LACBA ensures members that the association will continue to reinvent itself as an organization that will provide thought leadership and important events, including networking, without its members needing to battle Los Angeles traffic. Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor will continue to rely on LACBA’s reach to communicate information about presiding orders. This move will allow LACBA to focus on serving members, strengthen relationships with affiliate bar associations, and has cleared the way for a very bright future.

LACBA's new office location:
The Los Angeles County Bar Association 
200 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
LACBA Officer and Board of Trustee Nominations
The nominations for the LACBA 2021-2022 Officers and Board of Trustees are available HERE .

President-Elect Brad Pauley will automatically become LACBA President.
LACBA's 2021 Election Rules Available
Election Rules are now available. Here are important dates to note. The deadline for petitions and written nominations for office is April 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Anyone interested in voting in a potential election must be a LACBA member no later than April 20, 2021. 
California LAW Pathways Honors LACBA's High School Mentoring Program with Wilson Magnet High School Law Academy
LACBA's High School Mentoring Program received this award "based on its 10-year history of an extraordinary mentoring program under the leadership of Ann Park, who brings amazing speakers, lawyers, and judges to work directly with the students, and a committed and hard-working teaching team consistently focused on student success for the past decade under the leadership of LAW Pathway coordinator/teacher Quetzal Roura," said Ruthe Ashley, Executive Director Emeritus of California LAW Pathways. View the virtual award ceremony here.
SmartLaw Cannabis Pro Bono Panel Seeks Panelists
The SmartLaw Cannabis Pro Bono Panel is actively seeking panelists to provide pro bono cannabis related legal referrals to select individuals verified through the City's Social Equity Program.
The City's Social Equity Program is designed to acknowledge and address the harm caused by the War on Drugs and the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition in past decades. Many of the Social Equity Individual Applicants are first-time business owners and require assistance to navigate the complexities of new business arrangements and the City’s licensing process. Social Equity Individual Applicants may also worry that they are being taken advantage of by sophisticated investors, landlords or business partners, or that their business arrangements do not comply with the City's requirements for ownership and voting rights.  Learn how to be a pro bono panelist here.
Have you attended one of LACBA's Virtual Networking Meetings?

As a LACBA Member, you can attend as many networking meetings as you want and are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you can to build an effective referral network.
Call for LACBA Committee Volunteers

Are you passionate about making a difference in a particular area of law or law related issue? Serving on a LACBA committee is an opportunity to make a difference in the legal profession and practice of law by addressing issues and challenges facing attorneys and the community today. If you would like to be considered to serve on a committee, the deadline to complete and submit your application is April 16, 2021 for bar year 2021-22.

A Message from Counsel for Justice President Susan Koehler Sullivan
Dear LACBA Members and CFJ Supporters,

A year ago we could not possibly have imagined how our lives would drastically change. As the pandemic has swept across the world, taking the lives and livelihoods of so many, we have all had to adapt to the many changes and challenges around us. During this time period, the LACBA Counsel for Justice Pro Bono Projects, and particularly its amazing Project Directors, staff and volunteers, pushed ahead -- facing each new obstacle with determination and optimism.   
Impact 2020 Year-End Statistics

LACBA Counsel for Justice and its four Pro Bono Projects assisted more than 8,000 clients and provided over $2 million in pro bono legal services in 2020.
Comply with Rules when Using Email Tracking Software
Tracking software permits the sender of an email message to secretly monitor the receipt and subsequent handling of that message, including any attachments. However, the use of tracking software by lawyers in emails or other electronic communications with other lawyers or with clients, is only permissible under certain circumstances. Click here to read the latest Tip of the Month from AHERN and AXA XL. LACBA Members can access an exclusive Lawyers Professional Liability program with AXA XL available only through AHERN Insurance Brokerage. Apply today.
Legal Ethics, Litigation and the Pandemic
The pandemic is raising some challenging issues regarding dealing with ongoing legal practice when illness may strike the lawyer, the client, or the lawyer’s team, impacting litigation. For example, what are the lawyers’ ethical obligations, where a case is set for arbitration or trial, and the key client witness becomes ill and cannot testify? What if, on the eve of trial, the key paralegal at the center of a large, complex litigation matter is disabled by illness and cannot participate? 

Disclosing Client Names Should Not Be Routine
It’s a fact of life that today’s lawyers, and those following us into the profession in years to come, will work in many professional settings over the decades of our working lives. Gone forever for the vast majority of lawyers are the days of entering a firm as a new lawyer and leaving some 50 years later, gold watch in hand. Given that most lawyers today will have many jobs, and therefore many clients, the possibility of conflicts of interest between former and new clients has multiplied, because every move carries the possibility of such conflicts.

Ethics of Pro Bono
The last week in October each year has been designated as National Pro Bono Week. It is an opportunity to encourage and celebrate pro bono service by lawyers. While lawyers are all encouraged to provide pro bono legal services, it is important that they understand the ethical issues that may arise in a pro bono representation.

A proud member benefit of LACBA, LawPay gives law firms an easy, secure way to accept client credit, debit, and eCheck payments online. Let LawPay help you make the jump to online payments and drive cash flow in your firm so that you can end the year on strong financial footing.
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In addition to Professional Liability, AHERN offers a wide variety of comprehensive insurance products including a Workers’ Compensation program with The Hartford (LACBA member discounts apply) and Employment Practices Liability insurance (wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment coverage) with specific law firm enhancements.

For a no obligation quote, submit an online application today or call (800) 282-9786 to speak with an AHERN Professional.
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